March 11, 2013

South Indies: Sambhar with Drumstick & Potatoes

Life can't be more beautiful at the moment. Today, we celebrate our Wedding Anniversary & it is all the more special because it is one of the many Firsts with  Baby K. It's almost midnight & We are just back from our Anniversary Date. But I stayed up to write this post, because If I don't find time write this today, I might just not do this post in a long time
The way we view Marriage & Relationships has changed (changed for the better) in the past few years. There are these little things about each other, that we love, for instance, How I wait for this  Special Masala Chai that Shankar makes for me on weekends or a quick Bread Poha that he makes when I feel lazy to fix breakfast.  It's always small things that makes relationships work, isn't it?

When it comes to food, Shankar & I are different as chalk & cheese. Hailing from the south, his food preferances are predominantly South Indian. Even though our palate has expanded to different cuisines across the world, Its mostly South Indian food he craves for, mostly.

This Drumstick & Potato Sambhar that I am going to share with you is Shankar's all time favorite dish is a staple at home. It  is slightly spicier than the regular ones & takes a little more effort at your end But, its well worth the effort.

Drumstick & Potato Sambar 1
You Will Need:
  • Toor Dal/Split pigeon peas - half a cup
  • 1 large tomato - chopped
  • 2 large onions - chopped into big chunks / 10 - 12 pearl onions
  • 3 - 4 drumsticks - cut into 3 inch pieces
  • 2 large potatoes - scrubbed clean & cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut - fresh/frozen
  • Juice of a lemon sized tamarind ball soaked in warm water
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 2 tsp oil
  • A small piece of jaggery
  • 1 tsp Dhalia/Roasted Gram/Hurigadale (optional)
  • Salt as per taste

To Temper
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A few curry leaves
  • 2 Byadagi chillies (optioal)
How To:
  • Pressure cook Toor dal along with chopped tomatoes with a pinch of turmeric
  • Heat a small pan, & roast the ingredients mentioned in the list in a tsp of oil
  • Gring the roasted ingredients along with grated coconut & Dalia into a smooth paste along with little water
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp oil in a heavy bottomed pan, add mustard seeds & curry leaves, when they splutter, add the onions & saute until the onions turn transparent.
  •  In a pan, add chopped drumsticks & potatoes with enough water for the vegetables to cook. Cover the pan with a lid
  • When the vegetables are fully cooked, add cooked toor dal & tomatoes & the ground Sambar paste.
  • Add a small piece of jaggery, Tamarind juice & salt to taste. Add some water, if necessary to get the desired consistency of a sambar
  • Bring it to a boil & turn off the stove.
  • Temper with mustard seeds & red chillies & transfer to a bowl.

Serve HOT with Rice/Idli/Dosa .. Enjoi !!!

  • To make Sambar powder, roast all the ingredients mentioned in the list. Add roasted desicated coconut & powdered Dalia to this mixture & store in air-tight jars. Just add about 3 tsp of this powder to cooked vegetables & lentils & bring it to a boil. The sambar will thicken as you boil. This saves quite a bit of your time.
  • Add copped Brinjal/Eggplant for enhanced flavors

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Priya Yallapantula said...

Absolutely love the recipe (little new for me) and even more I like the picture :)

DEESHA said...

Thanks Priya. That was quick

Akila said...

Awesome click n tempting recipe

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notyet100 said...

Happy anniversary ,..sambhar looks delicious,..will try sometime,,,:) and awesome clicks,luved all of them

prathibha Garre said...

Belated Anniversary Wishes Deesha..I hope u ppl had a gr8 time..the sambar looks incredible and this is even my favorite combo too

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Belated wishes dear,yummy sambar n lovely clicks...

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Sambhar looks so inviting.. Happy Anniversary..

Mallika said...

Wow! That sambhar looks delicious. I would love ot have it with idli, dosa, appam, rice or drink as is! Loved ur click!

Mallika said...

Hey, BTW forgot to wish you guys, Belated Anniversary wishes Deesha!

Veena Theagarajan said...

I am drooling :-) so lovely click

Priti S said...

Belated wishes dear ...hope you guys had great time ...sambar looks just too yum

chinmayie @ love food eat said...

I love drumstick eggplant and potato sambar! I make it with sambar powder (which is homemade) but I like the idea of grinding fresh spices and using a bit of coconut. I am sure it'll taste great. My husband and I are great South Indian food lovers and that's really the only food I actually crave for every day :)

Shama Nagarajan said...

Interesting and yummy .

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Gajus kitchen said...

First time to your blog and you have a wonderful space and love its refreshing look too

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Very nice samabar

Recipes Books Online said...

I am in love with this yummy recipe, pretty new for me. I like the idea of grinding fresh spices and using a bit of coconut.
Keep on sharing wonderful recipes.